Attraction 3 Chome-10 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-0004, Japan Published on: 25-02-2016
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Why Tokyo Fire Museum is special ?
The Tokyo Fire Museum is located next to an operating fire station, this museum is dedicated to the people, machines and science involved in fire prevention. While likely to appeal to toddlers and tots who aspire to slide down the pole one day, I believe the museums free entry, engaging displays and central location make it a nice stop for groups of any age. The front desk offers audio guides in English, Japanese, Chinese and Korean, and while they are nice for details and the broad sweep of history, families can enjoy most exhibits with or without them.
What to explore at Tokyo Fire Museum?
You’ll first notice the massive fire engines on the underground floor near the entrance. If you’re short on time, head directly to these since they are what your kids will want to see anyway. But if you have an hour or two to spare, proceed directly to the elevator and work your way down. The 10th floor doesn't offer much in the way of exhibits, but the view can be great on a clear day when Mount Fuji is visible.
Next, on the sixth and seventh floors you’ll find a library, a video room and some displays. That’s where you find clothing, tools and equipment used by firemen during the Edo Period (1603-1867), as well as a massive diorama of a village. Using sound, lights and some motorized parts, the diorama shows how such a village would respond to a blaze in the centuries before fire engines and water pressure.
To the right of all this is a door to a fifth-floor roof space. Here you’ll find a helicopter — one that you and your kids can actually sit in. This is not always open to the public, and when it is, there can be a small line, so investigate soon after you arrive if you’re concerned about missing the cutoff time.
How to get to Tokyo Fire Museum?
Take the Marunouchi Line to the Yotsuya -sanchome Station and head for Exit No. 2. The museum entrance is near the stairs that head up to street level.
- Informative and entertaining for kids
- Variety of facilities and infrastructure
- Great for kids and fire fans
- Small and fun for little kids
- Best place for families with children
3 Chome-10 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-0004, Japan
Tips for you
We went on a rainy day during our first few days in Tokyo. The museum is small, consisting of about 5 floors, and free. The top floor had toy trucks and fire engine for kids to play with while a cartoon played on tv. Other floors then had info about how fires were fought, the evolution of the uniforms worn to protect from fires, etc. I was surprised to find most everything had a description in English. That was nice and made it more interesting for me. My son loved the helicopter that he could sit in and "pilot". There was a real helicopter outside that was available for viewing but we didn't go see it since there was a sign at the door in Japanese. We didn't know what it said, but assumed the exhibit was closed. The part he didn't like so much, me getting him to wear the kid sized fire jacket and helmet. Overall it's a cute museum for young kids where you can spend at least 2 hours... until the kids get hungry. ;)